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Massive klaxon! Mumsnet BlogFest is here!

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KateMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 19-Sep-12 12:14:40

We're completely thrilled to announce the launch of Mumsnet BlogFest 2012 - a jam-packed event to celebrate everything there is to love about blogging, and help you get the most from what you post.

The event will take place on Saturday 10 November at a slinky venue in central London, and we've got a fabulous roster of bloggers, writers, and techie experts lined up - including a keynote speech from the lovely Caitlin Moran. She'll be joined by Jeanette Winterson, Zoe Williams , Liz Jones <gasp!> and a host of others, including (but not limited to!) our very own MmeLindor, Eliza Gray, Mrs Tiggywinkle, Cath Elliott, MmeGuillotine, Slummy single mummy and Cari Rosen.

There'll be sessions on finding your voice and improving your writing skills; dealing with trolls and related nasties; drawing the line between public and private; and a kazillion other useful and intriguing subjects - have a look at the programme for full details.

There'll also be plenty of opportunities to chat to fellow bloggers, or make new friends, over a delicious lunch at the top of the Millbank Tower - plus a glass or two of something lovely at the end of the day. And don't forget to grab an expert for one-to-one advice on everything blog-related in our Blog Clinic, which will run throughout the day.

We canvassed 300 of our bloggers on the sessions and speakers they'd like to see at BlogFest, but there are still plenty of speakers to be announced. So if you've a yearning to hear from someone in particular, do let us know here and we'll do our best to oblige.

The event is open to bloggers and non-bloggers alike, so if you haven't yet started blogging but want to dip a toe in the water - or simply want to hear some great speakers - do join us. If you're quick off the mark, you can catch the early bird offer (£50 per ticket - a third off!). So help us spread the word on Facebook and Twitter (#mumsnetblogfest) - and don't forget to tell your friends, your colleagues and your mum - the more the merrier!

MmeLindor Wed 19-Sep-12 22:49:01

I have booked EasyJet Victoria - £113 for 2 nights. It is v basic though.

Otherwise, I have stayed here and it was fine, but it is double the price.

Last time I was in London I stayed in the EasyHotel near Liverpool St Station. They are v orange and plastic-y but clean and cheap.

Stitchthis Thu 20-Sep-12 08:01:57

I'm aiming to be there too but prob go home that night sad Looking forward to meeting everyone finally. I'll be the one with knitting needles sticking out of my handbag.

JessMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 20-Sep-12 10:05:27


I'm more concerned that the map on the info page has the venue smack in the middle of the it a floating building?

As exciting as it would be to hold the first floating BlogFest (!) I can confirm that the building is on the north side of the river, on Millbank. Tech have managed to re-jig the map now so hopefully no more confusion - we'd rather not have to jump in the Thames to find any stray attendees grin

MmeLindor Thu 20-Sep-12 11:54:10

That's great Stitch. Will be great to see, even if only during the day.

Ha. Could you imagine a floating Blogfest. Sponsored by RNLI

RhinestoneCowgirl Thu 20-Sep-12 12:35:37

I would love to go to this, if only to cross knitting needles with Stitchthis smile (I am madebytamsin on Twitter)

julesjam Thu 20-Sep-12 15:09:01

<wails> I waaantt to coooommmme!! <looks in disgust at bank balance> sad

Stitchthis Thu 20-Sep-12 15:51:05

Wooooooi rhinestone!!!!!!! Hello!

Stitchthis Thu 20-Sep-12 17:20:09

Idea!!! We cld do a relay-blog of the event. Like a blog hop but we each sign up to document say an hour each then you can click from one to the next.....god knows how you do it technically but what do you think?

<shakes portcullis of MN Towers>

MmeLindor Thu 20-Sep-12 19:51:58

Great idea, Stitch.

You have to come. We could travel down together.

Stitchthis Thu 20-Sep-12 20:07:14

Can I sign you up then Mme?

Stitchthis Thu 20-Sep-12 20:08:53

Subject to objection from MNTowers I will organise the order of blogging if somebody can help w setting up the hop?!?!

MmeLindor Thu 20-Sep-12 20:48:55

I can do the hop.

That sounds like a dance routine. One which involves high up ponytails, bobbysocks and circular skirts with poodle appliqués.


Sounds good to me. Can I do the session on Getting Published at 1.30pm.

Are you doing sessions rather than hours? Then you'd need two for the sessions that run parallel

Stitchthis Thu 20-Sep-12 21:31:57

Yep. Sessions makes sense. Agree re parallel streams too. Excel, you are my friend.

DillyTante Thu 20-Sep-12 22:05:40

Hey Stitchthis, just looking at trains & was going to stay at my mum's sat night & get the train back Sunday but it's really long so think I might just get the paddington train. What was your plan? Have found 9.30pm train for £9 (single).

DillyTante Thu 20-Sep-12 22:07:05

To be clear I meant I might get the train back Sat night.

Stitchthis Thu 20-Sep-12 22:20:40

Not sure yet but sounds gd

KateMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 21-Sep-12 10:24:31

Blog relay sounds like a brilliant idea! We're properly excited here now...

e11ie5 Fri 21-Sep-12 11:07:23

woo hooo looking forward to this ... didn't we have a luverly time the day we went to mumsnet ... and so on : )

liveotherwise Fri 21-Sep-12 11:12:51

Live blogging the sessions is a great plan smile I've put a meet and greet linky on my blog (please join in) and I'm building a twitter list of attendees so that we can find each other before the day.

MummyBarrow Fri 21-Sep-12 11:43:07

<peers round the door>

I have bought my ticket. But have a night out at Gordon Ramsay's place the night before so will be looking decidedly shabby. And clutching a mug of coffee.

MmeGuillotine Fri 21-Sep-12 13:26:09

I'll do a blog hop thingummy, if you like? smile

QueenMaeve Fri 21-Sep-12 13:39:36

It looks fantastic. I'm like Tee and would have to fly over though. Will have a nosy for cheap flights. Whispers <also would need somebody to mind me in London I would probably end up getting lost>

Stitchthis Fri 21-Sep-12 18:53:39

katemumsnet and all the lovely bloggers here glad you're up for it...can anyone who is interested in taking part PM me with preferred slot based on the timetable already issued. I will then post a roll call of contributors so everyone can keep track. Sound like a plan?!

BCBG Fri 21-Sep-12 21:53:03

Booked my place grin

BCBG Fri 21-Sep-12 22:04:46

Stitch - just PM'd you but then read thread properly - do you want us to document a session AS it is going on, or document a session just AFTER it? Or just bang on about the whole mad fest? Happy to do whatever but there are one or two topics I am too crepey and haggish to understand I may not entirely follow ;)

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